"Sojourn to the Past" with EPAA

The Sojourn program takes students to the southern United States for 10 days. During the trip, students will have the opportunity to retrace the steps of the Civil Rights Movement as they travel to historical sites in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Tennessee.   They will also have the unique opportunity to interact with several veterans of the Civil Rights Movement who will talk with them regarding their experiences during the Movement, including Elizabeth Eckford, one of the LIttle Rock Nine who was one of the first African American students to desegregate schools in the U.S.

Our students attend East Palo Alto Academy a Bay Are a charter school that serves nearly 250 students each year from East Palo Alto, East Menlo Park and Redwood City, CA communities. Nearly all of our students are of Latino, African-American or Polynesian heritage and the majority will be the first in their families to attend college. They are eager to be agents of change in their own communities and look forward to sharing what they learn on this trip!

Why do students want to go on the trip?

"When I first heard about this program, I knew that I had to sign up. The Civil Rights Movement is an important event in American History that has shaped our modern society, but it is also a subject that is usually not told in detail in our textbooks or may be biased. To have the opportunity to actually visit the sites where this historical event took place and meet people who were involved in the Civil Rights Movement is a unique opportunity that I definitely do not want to miss!"-Blanca Diaz, Junior

"The main reason I want to go on this journey is because I have been waiting for this trip since I was a freshman. I have wanted to visit these places. I want to talk to people and imagine how they lived and how they got through their struggles."-Arcelia Zamora, Junior

"I want to go to Sojourn to the Past trip because is a good opportunity to visit other places, and learn in the actual place that happened what we're learning in class, and not imagine anymore where it was, but have a clear vision of it."- Rosamia Morales, Junior

"I want to

educate myself more on the Civil Rights Movement because I don't know much

about it but I think it is important because I can relate to the struggle of

fighting for my rights as an undocumented student. I think to myself, if the

people of the Civil Rights Movement did it, then they are a model of what could

be accomplished."  

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